Skip to comments.Breaking: Majority Leader Cantor & Speaker Boehner Will Vote For Use of Military Force in Syria
Posted on 09/03/2013 3:12:32 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
Rep. Eric Cantor released a statement today supporting the use of military force in Syria and believes it is in our best interest to respond to the use of WMD.
I intend to vote to provide the President of the United States the option to use military force in Syria. While the authorizing language will likely change, the underlying reality will not. America has a compelling national security interest to prevent and respond to the use of weapons of mass destruction, especially by a terrorist state such as Syria, and to prevent further instability in a region of vital interest to the United States.
Understanding that there are differing opinions on both sides of the aisle, it is up to President Obama to make the case to Congress and to the American people that this is the right course of action, and I hope he is successful in that endeavor.
Bashar Assads Syria, a state sponsor of terrorism, is the epitome of a rogue state, and it has long posed a direct threat to American interests and to our partners. The ongoing civil war in Syria has enlarged this threat.
The Syrian conflict is not merely a civil war; it is a sectarian proxy war that is exacerbating tensions throughout the Muslim world. It is clear Iran is a principal combatant in this conflict, and its direct involvement is an integral part of Irans bid to establish regional hegemony. Were Assad and his Iranian patrons to come out on top it would be a strategic victory for Iran, embolden Hizballah, and convince our allies that we cannot be trusted.
Furthermore, sectarian tensions and extremist terrorism are already spilling over beyond Syrias borders, with terrorist attacks and assassinations on the rise in neighboring countries. It is not just an abstract theory that the Syrian conflict threatens the stability of key American partners in the region. It is a reality.
Beyond the obvious regional interests, a failure to adequately respond to the use of chemical weapons and compel the end of this conflict on terms beneficial to America and our partners only increases the likelihood of future WMD use by the regime, transfer to Hizballah, or acquisition by Al Qaeda. No one wants to be asking why we failed to act if the next time Sarin is used it is in the Paris or New York subway.
The United States broader policy goal, as articulated by the President, is that Assad should go, and President Obamas redline is consistent with that goal and with the goal of deterring the use of weapons of mass destruction. It is the type of redline virtually any American President would draw. Now Americas credibility is on the line. A failure to act when acting is in Americas interests and when a red line has been so clearly crossed will only weaken our ability to use diplomacy, economic pressure, and other non-lethal tools to remove Assad and deter Iran and other aggressors.
Today, House Speaker John Boehner also gave his support to the Presidents plan saying, something the country needs to do.
Bonehead and Cancer need to be primaried!
The NSA files provide another win.
Plain and simple. This "action" is going to give aid to our ENEMY al-Qaeda! Period!
They can both rot.
Cantor is #2 in line behind Speaker clown Boehner. The repubs are dead to me. I am now past supporting their party any longer.
I will only vote for them if they nominate someone like Rand or Ted Cruz. Screw them!
Cantor’s a woos. Can’t stand to see a grown many cry I guess.
No GOP congress and probably no congress is going to deny this presidential request.
I realize Obama is an incompetent and worse but it is a presidential request for force, and Assad is no good guy.
There. Fixed it.
They are authorizing actions that will aid and support those that were responsible for the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.
The GOP has ruined America:
RomneyCARE, War, gay marriage, War, Destroying the economy,
open borders, WAR, arming al Qaeda. ARMING al QAEDA!!!!
The Democrat leaders and most of the Democrat rank and file will all vote together. Some of them quaintly still call themselves Republican however.
Does this mean we’re all on the NoFly list now? We just joined Al Queda.
Interview With Gestapo Founder on Drumming Up Support For War
From an interview with Hermann Göring Nazi founder of the Gestapo, Head of the Luftwaffe, in a jail cell during the Nuremberg War Crimes Trials (18 April 1946) ....
Göring: Why, of course, the people don't want war. Why would some poor slob on a farm want to risk his life in a war when the best that he can get out of it is to come back to his farm in one piece? Naturally, the common people don't want war; neither in Russia nor in England nor in America, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy or a fascist dictatorship or a Parliament or a Communist dictatorship.
Gilbert: There is one difference. In a democracy, the people have some say in the matter through their elected representatives, and in the United States only Congress can declare wars.
Göring: Oh, that is all well and good, but, voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country.
We The People can now vote to send these two gutless wonders home!
Or at least ventilated, and have their blood pressure lowered, to say ... Zero PSI.
I wonder what was in their NSA telephone conversations that they didn’t want to have leaked.
This kind of stupidity, with spying, is going to pave the way for Rand Paul.
Boner is starting to talk like the ass clown (alleged) president.
Did you see Cry Baby’s uh, hm, uh speech? He sounded just like the devil himself with so many uh, uh, uhs.